If everyone leans back whenever you talk to them, you might have a problem of bad breath which is also known as halitosis. Popping a breath mint once in a while might make your breath more socially acceptable, but sometimes bad breath is an indicator of an underlying health problem. Up to 90% of bad breath comes from bacteria in the mouth. The most serious dental problems that cause bad breath are periodontitis and tooth abscesses. . Both of these conditions can cause an unpleasant taste in your mouth and intense pain when chewing on the affected side. See your dentist as soon as possible to avoid tooth loss or an infection in your blood stream.
The other 10% of bad breath cases could be caused by a medical condition. According to the American Dental Association, bad breath can go hand in hand with medical problems such as a respiratory infection, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance and liver or kidney ailment as discuss below:
Chronic Kidney failure: If your breath constantly smells fishy or like ammonia and you have stomach pain, tingling, and numbness or burning in your legs and feet, you might have chronic kidney failure.
Cirrhosis of the liver: This condition gives your breath a musty, rotten egg odor. If you have mild jaundice, mental confusion, poor appetite and weight loss, fatigue and weakness, nausea or vomiting of blood, and excess fluid in your legs or abdomen, you could have cirrhosis of the liver. A history of hepatitis, liver damage, or alcohol consumption increases your risk.
Diabetic ketoacidosis: If you are diabetic, fruity smelling breath could mean you have diabetic ketoacidosis, a dangerous condition in which your glucose level is severely out of balance. Other symptoms include stomach pain and tenderness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, and rapid heartbeat. This is a medical emergency, and you should get help immediately.
Lung condition or infection: A lung abscess, bronchitis, pneumonia, or emphysema can give you a bad breath. Watch out for these warning signs – chronic cough with or without sputum, shortness of breath, fever and chills, and weight loss. Researchers at the University of Virginia say people with conditions like asthma and cystic fibrosis have highly acidic breath.
Sinus Infection: Constant bad breath, sinus drainage, headache, pain around your eyes and cheeks, and a general ill feeling could mean you have a sinus infection.
Sjogren’s syndrome: Bad breath caused by extreme dryness of your mouth and nasal passages could indicate Sjogren’s syndrome. This autoimmune disease is common in people over age 50, can also cause painful joints.
Stomach disorders: Any condition that allows air (and therefore odors) from your stomach to travel up into your mouth can cause bad breath. Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is the most common offender. If you only have had breath occasionally, it may be caused by GERD, which also occurs sporadically.
Trimethylaminuria: This disorder, called fish odor syndrome, may affect as many as 1% of the population. It affects overall body odor and a fishy breath odor. This occurs when your body can’t process choline properly, leading to an accumulation of a substance called trimethylamine.
This substance has a fishy odor, which passes out through sweat, urine, saliva, blood, and the air exhaled through the mouth and nostrils. If you have this disorder, limit or eliminate your intake of foods high in choline, such as broccoli, beans, eggs, legumes, kidney, and liver.
Don’t rely on mint to mask your bad breath, while fix an appointment with dentist to treat halitosis. Regular dental checkup is very necessary to have healthy teeth and healthy breath.